How-To: Holiday Hair and Makeup


The countdown to Christmas is on! You are all probably knee-deep in wrapping paper (or holiday cookies, hey, no judgement here). Christmas is a wonderful time of year that will truly get you into giving spirit and allows you to really focus on family and friends. But with the excessive holiday planning we’re expected to partake in nowadays, and pressure we put on ourselves to ensure everything is “just right” you might be feeling more stressed and anxious than joyful and cheery. To help you eliminate at least one thing off of your to-do list this Christmas, we’ve put together a classic Christmas hair and makeup look, as well as some tips and tricks on how to achieve the looks, so you can focus on what really matters this season.

Here are some stunning, yet simple Christmas looks that are sure to please (and maybe even score you a few minutes under the mistletoe with that someone special):

Bows and Blow-Out: A blow-out is an easy, yet effective way to achieve a put-together look this Christmas that is low maintenance yet simply beautiful. You can style a blowout a few days before Christmas so you spend the day with loved one and not in front of the bathroom.

Begin by protecting your hair with AVEDA’s Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair. Work into hair, from mid-lengths to ends. Next, remove excess water from with a rough blow dry; simply tousle your hair and blow-dry it until it’s damp. The goal is to get 90% of the moisture out. At this point, add any additional styling aids such as AVEDA’s Volumizing Tonic, Phomolient Styling Foam, or Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener. Add a nozzle to your hair-dryer and with a round brush, blow dry by wrapping sections of hair around the brush barrel. Choose sections no thicker than the brush barrel. Direct airflow along your hair strands to minimize frizz and direct it against the hair strands to increase volume. Spray with AVEDA’s Air Control Light Hold Hairspray to hold the look.

For an extra touch of holiday cheer add a colorful bow to your hair. Want to treat yourself to an early Christmas present? Schedule a style with us before the holiday!

Simple Eyes: A classic cat-eye is our recommendation for the perfect Christmas eye look. Use AVEDA’s Petal Essence Eye Definer in Black Orchid. Extended your typical line out to the length of your brow, flicking up at the end. Fill in as much or as little as desired for a classic and easy look.

Jewel Toned Lips: A bold, beautiful lip is the way to go this holiday season—very easy to achieve and adds the perfect pop of color. Jewel tones compliment every skin tone, so we recommend AVEDAs Uruku color gloss in Morena, Uruku lip pigment in Maracuja or the Nourish-mint lip shine in Thyme Bud. Spread evenly over your lips, accentuating your cupid’s bow.

Be sure to keep your lips moisturized this winter with AVEDA’s Lip Saver or clear Lip Nourishmint. The quickest way to ruin a beautiful smile is dry, cracked lips so be generous!

All of us here at Ivy Salon wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Ivy Salon And Spa
Hair styling is more than a career for Dreama Kees, it’s a calling. Dreama opened Ivy Salon in 2004 and has been transforming clients from the inside out as well as the outside in, helping instill higher self-confidence and self-respect by helping people feel beautiful and recognizing their beauty. As an Aveda salon, Dreama and the Ivy Salon staff have heavily invested in professional training and development, undergoing intensive classes and workshops. Dreama resides in Greenville with her husband, Steve, and has two children, Jacob, a senior engineering student at Clemson University, and McKenna, a junior at Eastside High School.

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